We all know how well the Ouya Console did on Kickstarter recently, setting a new record and bringing in millions for an Android based games console which people could pick up for just $99 is they pledged.
Since then, many new startups, innovations and ideas have popped up on Kickstarter in the hopes of bringing in their own millions. A lot have failed, where users have found their flaws, but one in particular is doing very well, and with over $200,000 raised already, SmartThings is on the right path to making all of our lives that little more smarter.
SmartThings wishes to make our lives better with our technology, especially around the home. SmartThings quote:
Adding intelligence to everyday things in your world, so that your life can be more awesome.
That sounds pretty good to me. I like anything that is going to make my life more awesome.
You can make your lights come on and off when your away so that people think you are home and it will stop your house becoming a target for burglaries and much more.
It works by having sensors that link to the hub that work in a variety of ways. For example an open/close sensor would work with a door, and it would be able to set up so that it automatically opens when you go near it, and closes behind you. The following types of sensors are going to be available for the device when it launches:
This sensor works with anything that can be plugged in, being able to turn it on or off, and at particular times of the day. So you could turn your kettle on and your stereo in the living area when you wake up in the morning from the comfort of your bed for example.
This sensor works with doors, windows, cabinets and will know if they are open or closed.
A motion sensor will detect all types of movement in the room allowing for a variety of different features
This final sensor will be aware of when pets, people etc come and go from where the sensor is placed.
This truly is one way to hack the physical world. But how are they getting so many backers, over 1,300 already?
They are offering the device along with the pledges. The $99 pledge which netted you a SmartThings Hub and 3 Things has sold out, but you can still get one for $149. This sounds pretty good. It is bringing in a lot of people, and it will be interesting to see how this can compete with the funding received by Ouya. Both are technological developments that will require a lot of funding to make it truly possible.
Kickstarter really is becoming a place to look into the future and see what Technological advancements we have coming our way, and we at Suck my Trend like that very much indeed.